LANSING – The first executive director of the Lansing Promise is a Lansing native and a Michigan State University graduate.
Justin Sheehan was named the scholarship organization’s first executive director Thursday. Sheehan is a lifelong resident of Lansing who graduated from MSU’s School of Social work as well as the university’s College of Law, according to a news release.
The search for the group’s first paid director involved sifting through more than 50 candidates, said Kellie Dean, President of Dean Transportation and the Lansing Promise Zone Authority Board’s Chairman.
“The Lansing Promise Authority Board looks forward to working with Justin to carry out its mission of providing scholarship dollars and support to Lansing students to help them achieve their potential,” Dean wrote in a press release.
The Lansing Promise provides scholarship funds to students who live within the Lansing School District boundaries and graduate from the district or from Lansing Catholic. Students seeking the scholarship apply for federal funds to attend either Lansing Community College or MSU. The scholarship then fills in the rest of the funds needed to attend LCC or gives students the equal amount to pursue an education at MSU. Nearly 500 students have received funding through Lansing Promise since it began in 2012.
Sheehan and his family live within Lansing’s Moores Park Neighborhood, according to the release. He previously worked for nonprofit groups throughout Michigan before taking the position with Lansing Promise.
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